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[IWS] Eurostat: MICRODATA LINKING—INTERNATIONAL SOURCING [24 November 2014]
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MICRODATA LINKING—INTERNATIONAL SOURCING [24 November 2014]
Data from December 2013. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database.
This article describes the microdata linking project launched in 2012, linking the results of the international sourcing survey to SBS, ITGS and FATS on enterprise level, using unique enterprise identification numbers. We start by presenting some of the main findings of this exercise, before outlining the organisation of the project and explaining some methodological issues of the microdata linking approach. We conclude by briefly addressing some other European microdata projects and the way forward for microdata linking.
European business-statistics compilers often face a dilemma: On the one hand, user and policy requirements demand additional information on the structure and development of European enterprises. On the other hand, budget constraints and the reluctance to increase the burden on survey respondents and national statistical institutes put tight restraints on the enlargement of data requirements.
One solution for this dilemma is a new innovative approach for combining existing statistical information by linking the data on the microdata level without increasing the burden on enterprises. Microdata linking provides an opportunity to discover new information and to develop new statistics and indicators both by using existing data sets and by combining these with new data collections.
In the European Statistical System (ESS) one initiative looking into this opportunity for business statistics was a project launched in 2010 linking the results of the survey on "international organisation and the sourcing of business functions " (hereafter referred to as the international sourcing survey) with Structural Business Statistics (SBS) and International Trade in Goods Statistics (ITGS). This was followed up with an exercise launched in late 2012 which broadened the scope to also include foreign affiliates statistics (FATS).
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